Stardust

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Happy Summer! I’ve heard that there are two kinds of people: the ones who really love summer and just want to stay out under the sun all day everyday and the ones that really dislike the heat. I would like to think that I fall in between. I love summer so much and all the fun it brings in between: bumming at the beach, camping, bike rides, hiking, summer concerts, festivals and so on. But at the same time I also can’t stand the heat and I feel like I actually have to bring an umbrella with me everywhere I go.

For this shoot, I dragged one of my favorite photographers, Eddie with me to Valley of Fire to have a desert photo shoot with me and my girlfriends. I made a long, flowy metallic dress and wanted to create a futuristic look. This probably one of my favorite shoots so far as going there is actually pretty worth it. Valley of Fire is an amazing place. It looks like Mars and I plan to go back there maybe for fall as we didn’t have enough time to venture out and see everything.

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I also made another outfit for the Neon Museum. I made a matching crop top and fitted skirt made out of metallic silver knit. It was another hot day again but we learned so much about the history of all the neon signs that was donated there from all over the world.

Anyone else excited for summer?

XOXO,

Joy

Castle On The Hill

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Have you guys ever been to Knapp’s Castle at Santa Barbara? It’s a landmark ruined mansion in the Santa Ynez Mountains. It’s only 1/2 a mile to get to the castle before you park. I didn’t get to take any pictures of the actual castle as my phone was broken at that time but the view was breathtaking. If you haven’t gotten a chance to visit, you should definitely do so. When I went to do a photoshoot there with a friend, we actually became part of a proposal. It was one of the cutest and sweetest things ever. A guy asked his friends from Sacramento to help him propose to his girlfriend by using their van and carrying their couch all the way to Knapp’s Castle. The “couch” has been an iconic part of their relationship where a lot of their first kiss, arguments, asking her out to be his girlfriend has happened. We had to hide along with the rest of all the people who were there when his girlfriends came and came out as soon as she said yes to his proposal. I couldn’t help myself and cried out of joy.

Luckily, before I had to hide for the proposal, I got to do a few test shots because as soon as we finished the ranger came and kicked us out. I was a little bummed because we didn’t get to shoot more but at the same time my heart was happy knowing that I got to be part of something special. For this look, I made a see through tulle white dress. I thought it would go well with the whole castle background but we didn’t get to shoot the whole thing.

What do you guys think about this outfit?

XOXO,

Joy

HMU: Celina Magana

Photographer: Makoa

A Summer Of Love

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Can you believe that summer is almost here? Other than the heat (which I’m not a huge fan of), I can’t wait for the long sunny days filled with fun, ice cream, summer concerts, festivals, beach days and road trips. As summer arrives, it is very important to find your summer essentials. I am very happy to share that I found one of my favorite brands as it was a love at first sight at “A Summer Of Love. Everything they have is boho chic that has the feminine and trendy vibe. I especially love this “My Michelle Belle Crop Top” that I wore at Coachella as it is so versatile, flirty and fun! I wore it with a draped skirt with a side slit that I made while it was super hot during the day and I also wore it with the “Lucky One Ripped Jeans” as it got a bit cooler during the day. What are you guys and gals looking forward this summer? Don’t forget to shop at “A Summer Of Love before summer fully arrives and don’t forget to use my code “JOY4ASOL” to get 15% off your entire purchase! 😉

XOXO,

Joy

Gagachella

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Happy Friday Babes! I can’t believe a week has just passed. I feel like I was just in Coachella yesterday. As you all know, one of my favorite things to do is to make outfits every time I go to events… For this look, I made a cape with embroidered lace and a white crystal crown to go with my new favorite body suit from “A Summer of Love” and white embroidered lace choker from “Secretly A Mermaid”. This body suit kept me cool from the incredibly hot weekend and I love how gorgeous the lace is and stretchy the material that it’s made out of. It definitely gave me so much room for dancing, singing my heart out with my favorite bands and prancing around at Coachella! 😉 This body suit is perfect for music festivals or even just a go-to-summer-piece. I’m looking forward to wearing this more often with a pair of booty shorts or a denim skirt. What do you guys think about this look? I definitely felt like my inner Lady Gaga shined brighter that day. For all the babes that went to Coachella, I hope you had as much fun as I did and stayed hydrated. I have a few more Coachella posts coming up. Stay tuned!

XOXO,

Joy

Black Diamond

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Happy Tuesday Babes! Anyone else counting down the days to Coachella Weekend 2? Here’s another Coachella Inspired Outfit that I made recently. I made a two piece set with fringes and a black lace kimono to complete the Bohemian look. This photo shoot took place in Sunken City where broken foundations of houses, abandoned streetcar tracks, buckled sidewalks, and empty streets became a popular hiking spot. It is actually currently closed to the public so I actually took a leap of courage and jumped a fence in order to get here… Eeeeekkk… Thanks to Jason for giving me an extra boost and shooting this outfit with me! The abandoned place is literally the definition of a beautiful disaster. It’s filled with broken down graffiti walls, wild flowers and random palm trees over looking the ocean. I might’ve felt like I was going to fall a couple of times and it was scary as I have the fear of heights and the fear of falling… yet, I’m still glad that I did it and had an incredible experience. This place reminds me of all the times in my life that I’ve felt broken yet I still go on anyways despite of the feelings of defeat, brokenness and hardships.

Hope this place reminds you to keep going despite what you’re currently going through in your life because the last time I checked, broken crayons still color! 😉

See you guys at Coachella this weekend!

XOXO,

Joy

Happy Easter!

 

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Are you guys ready for Easter? This year I made a simple A-line dress with matching bunny ears made out of a floral lace. I think celebrating Easter is probably one of the most fun things that I miss growing up. I remember going to church and already looking for eggs while there’s still mass so I know exactly where to find them afterwards. To be honest, I don’t necessarily really know how the easter bunny was associated to Easter but it has been a fun tradition and it was so fun making these bunny ears. If you guys want me to make a DIY blog post on how to make these ears, definitely let me know in the comments below and I will be more than happy to teach y’all. I hope you all have a fun Easter weekend and spend time some time with your family or simply the people you love and celebrate Easter your way, whether that’s going to church or simply just hosting an egg hunt at your house. I will be spending some time with my family and grandparents and going to church and I am very excited to see them. Happy Friday loves! ❤

XOXO,

Joy

How To Be A Merbabe All Year

 

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I can’t believe summer is almost here. Anyone else as excited as I am? Most girls associate mermaid wear only over the summer, but did you gals know you can be a merbabe all year long? First you gotta get your own set of your one piece set at Secretly A Mermaid then you style it in different ways.

For winter, you can wear it with denim jeans and boots. For a rave or a festival, you can wear it by itself with knee high boots and style it with some mermaid make up or a glittery poncho. For the beach, or summer, you can pair it with your favorite sunglasses.

There are so many fun ways you can wear this mermaid set. Can you think of anything else? I’m even thinking of wearing this to Coachella with my poncho sequin and some booty shorts! 😉

XOXO,

Joy